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Unfortunately, the Orioles are not involved in the big three-way trade that appears ready to pop at the Winter Meetings. The deal, which appears to be close, would send speedy outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy to the Arizona Diamondbacks and three players -- Phil Coke, Max Scherzer and Austin Jackson -- to Detroit.

The acquisition of Granderson would be huge for the Yankees, who stand to lose either Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui -- or both -- to free agency.

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Maybe New York is the center of the sports universe. The Baseball Writers Association of America announced today that Bill Madden, the long-time baseball writer for the New York Daily News, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and will be inducted into the writers wing of the baseball Hall of Fame.

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